Summer sun is really harsh that you would like to stay at home rather than go out. While some of you may want to go out for soaking up in the sun on the beach or going for hiking. No matter what you are going to do, you should remember to protect yourself from the sun and its harmful UV rays. So your summer clothing should not just look great but also can block harmful UV rays. It is also an effective way to protect against sun damage and skin cancer. It is one of the easiest ways to stay safe. Unlike the sunscreen, you don’t need to apply it for several times.
Ultraviolet Protection Factor indicates how much UV radiation can pass through the fabric to reach your skin. For example, a UPF 50+ fabric can block about 97% percent of the sun’s UV rays and allow two percent to penetrate, thus to reduce your exposure risk significantly. A UPF rating of 30 to 49 provides good protection, while UPF 50+ offers the maximum protection.
It’s true that the clothes you’re wearing can block the sun’s rays, but not all fabrics and colors offer the same level of protection. There are many choices which offer you to choose in the market. When purchasing for clothes that block harmful rays, there are a few things that you should consider. The first thing is the color of clothing. Dark or bright colors absorb UV rays, rather than allowing them to penetrate the fabric, thus prevent them from reaching your skin. That’s why these colors offer better protection than lighter colors.
The second one is the construction of the fabric. Densely woven fabrics, such as denim, canvas, wool, or synthetic fibers, are more protective than thin, loose woven fabrics. You can check a fabric’s sun safety by taking the fabric out into the sun and see if the UV radiation can easily penetrate the fabric and reach your skin.
The third thing is the composition of the fabric of the clothes, which is very important. Some fabrics have ability of absorbing UV radiation. For example, most of our sun hats are made of fabrics with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, such as polyester, which can absorb most UV rays. A bucket hat is a kind of hat that people often wear in summer. They are made of pure cotton, polyester, denim and so on. These materials are used in summer and they can absorb ultraviolet rays. Therefore, the bucket hat is a good item to protect you from the sun and its harmful rays. Some of clothes are made of lightweight satiny silks that are highly protective because they reflect radiation. High-tech fabrics treated with chemical UV absorbers or dyes prevent some penetration from UV rays.
Last but not least, loose-fitting clothes are perfect for summer. The elasticity of the tights allows them to be stretched, reducing the level of protection offered, because the stretch of the fabric causes more UV radiation to pass through. The more area of skin you cover, the better your protection you can get. So opt for long-sleeved shirts and pants whenever possible.